After sixteen years of serving as a pastor, Mark Walker followed a new calling and launched an improbable campaign for Congress. With no political pedigree or capital, he built a grassroots campaign that centered on a simple idea: PEOPLE OVER POLITICS. Like many voters, Walker had grown frustrated with Washington’s failed promises and their business as usual approach.
By God’s grace, Walker was successful. Throughout a primary, a run-off and general election in 2014, Walker was tested, attacked and outspent; however, he refused to engage in mudslinging politics and chose to lead a positive campaign, focusing on hope, opportunity and solutions.
“When I was elected to Congress, I told our team, let’s do more than make an argument, let’s make a difference. I was determined to be both a conservative warrior and a bridge builder for all of our communities. That’s exactly what we’ve done, and what we will keep doing as your next Senator. Now we’re taking the next step with some amazing people. I look forward to earning your support.”Mark Walker
With a passion to make a difference and a heart for all communities, Walker was sworn-in and immediately became an acclaimed leader on Capitol Hill, fighting to prevent the return of earmarks, cut wasteful spending and bring accountability to government bureaucracy. He became a champion for school choice and opportunities for children, working to remove Washington from our classrooms, and has ushered policies that improve veterans’ care and services, closing more than a thousand cases throughout North Carolina.
He served as the Vice Chairman of the House Republican Conference, the top Republican on the Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism, the Chairman of the Prayer Caucus and formerly the Chairman of the Republican Study Committee – the largest conservative caucus in the House, a leadership position also formerly held by Walker’s friends Minority Whip Steve Scalise and Vice President Mike Pence.
He is recognized as a bridge-builder and a thought leader under the banner of “effective conservatism.” Walker has earned the high praise of President Trump and Vice President Pence, working with the administration to pass tax reform; anti-human trafficking bills, criminal justice reform, support for North Carolina farmers and measures to build back our military.
Before serving in Congress, Walker served in various pastoral roles including executive and senior pastor positions. For six seasons, he produced and directed the annual Greensboro Christmas Spectacular. Walker has also served as a guest lecturer on mentorship and administration at Liberty University. Along with international work, Walker served in our nation’s larger inner cities hosting music and sports camps for underprivileged communities.
Prior to his time in ministry, Walker worked in finance management for the Flow Automotive organization and graduated from Piedmont International University. Walker’s wife, Kelly, is a family nurse practitioner and flight trauma specialist with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center where she helped launch the S.A.N.E. (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) program at Wake. Kelly holds her undergraduate and masters from Winston-Salem State University. Mark and Kelly have three children and are celebrating twenty-six years of marriage.
Mark Walker Has Championed:
- Government Reform and Saving Taxpayers Money
- Combatting Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking
- Tax Reform and Cuts for Middle-Income Families and Workers
- Balanced Budget Amendment
- Policies of Hope and Opportunity
- School Choice and Empowering Parents and Students
- Standing Up to China
- Protecting Life at Every Stage
- Supporting Law Enforcement and the Second Amendment
- Securing Our Border and Stopping Amnesty
- Lowering the Cost of Health Care and Medications
- Second Chances and Criminal Justice Reform
- Support for HBCUs and Their Students
- Targeted Disaster Relief for North Carolina
- Support for Farmers and Protections from Eminent Domain
- Child Tax Credit and Adoption Tax Credit
- Improving Care and Service to Veterans